Report reveals strong focus on smallest details in Wrigley Field renovation

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At the northwest corner of Wrigley Field, adjoining the outer wall of the lower grandstand, sits a one-story building.

Its beige brick masonry walls and concrete base are easy to overlook. Yet the Chicago Cubs are going to great lengths to preserve the structure as they launch a $375 million renovation of the 100-year-old stadium.

The building was built in 1923 for the team’s longtime groundskeeper, Bobby Dorr, and is known as the groundskeeper’s house. Legend has it that the team’s owner, William Wrigley Jr., came up with the idea of building a cottage for Dorr.

Wrigley Field is known for the center-field scoreboard, the ivy, the red marquee and the brick wall that encircles the field.

There are also several lesser-known features — the groundskeeper’s house — that contribute to the historic character and architectural integrity of the ballpark, said Chicago architect T. “Gunny” Harboe, hired by the team to oversee the restoration of historic features.

In a 105-page report he wrote for the Cubs last year, obtained by the Tribune through a Freedom of Information Act request, Harboe provided details of these elements, including steel pipe handrails and chain-link fencing.

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